Specter Speaks Truth About Bork

Since Robert Bork’s nomination for the Supreme Court was defeated in 1987, conservatives have repeatedly complained nominees are being “borked” when they are forced to answer tough questions. The Washington Post captured the anger on the right in a story this morning:

“Robert Bork represented the moment when the left decided they were not going to defer to the president in allowing him to make over the court,” said Sean Rushton, executive director of the Committee for Justice, which was formed to support President Bush’s judicial nominees. “And we’ve been at war ever since.”

But the truth is that the only reason the Bork nomination failed is because he had a radical, out-the-mainstream philosophy. And Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter candidly admitted that fact this morning:

SPECTER: “When we go back to the 1987 — and we hear about that all the time, the Judge Bork proceedings — the interest groups did not defeat Judge Bork — just didn’t happen. It was his judicial philosophy.”